Dear Dignity Friend,
Hope you are having a good week.
We hope and pray that this weekly message will nurture you spiritually and be especially helpful in the more difficult times of life.
Following the Mystics
If you keep listening to the love,
if you keep receiving the love,
trusting the love—
even with all your limitations,
with all you unworthiness,
with all your limited intellect or
whatever you feel holds you back—
you start to experience within yourself a sense of possibility.
Whatever life is inviting you into,
you have this sense that it is okay and,
even better, that you can do it!
That is the joy of the saints.
Now you don’t have to do it by the world’s criteria of success or performance.
As Mother Teresa loved to say, “The only real success is faithfulness.”
To be faithful to this inner love is in itself the greatest success.
It is of itself the major possibility.
No outer successes are necessary to be happy.
This is what makes the mystics sort of dangerous.
Its not just possibility they experience—
It’s permission to color outside the lines.
It’s permission to be who you really are.
It’s not just gay people who have to come out of their closets.
We’re all in our closets.
They’ve just given us a good metaphor for what we all have to do.
We’re all afraid to come out of our various closets.
It’s not the need to be outrageous or rebellious.
It’s so much better that that.
It is permission to be the ”image and likeness of God” that you already are.
We each are unlike any other image or likeness.
God is saying to each of us,
“All I want is for you to return to the Sender who you really are!”
Ironically, it takes most of our life to find it and to accept it
Richard Rohr: Adapted from Following the Mystics through the Narrow Gate…Seeing God in All Things (CD, DVD, MP3)